Tuesday at U of S Spring Convocation

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) invites media to cover today’s spring convocation ceremonies at TCU Place:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TCU Place, 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon


Graduating: Arts and Science, University Language Centre, School of Public Health.

Honorary Doctor of Letters: Kim Coates
(Media interview availability at 12:15 pm)

Actor Kim Coates, is best known for his portrayal of “Tig” on the FX hit series Sons of Anarchy. Since earning his BA from the U of S in 1981, he has has appeared in more than 100 movies and television series, including Academy Award-winning films like Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor. Coates was recently awarded the 2016 Actra Award of Excellence for his extensive body of work in acting and producing, his charitable commitments, and his ongoing support of the Canadian film industry.


Student story of interest: Nafisa Absher

Nafisa Absher grew up in Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Syria before her family came to Canada and settled in Saskatchewan. After earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Regina, Nafisa moved north to the U of S where she is graduating today with a Master of Public Health. She has also been active in volunteering her time on campus and is a member of the Graduate Students’ Association, serving as vice-president of operations and communications.



Graduating: Arts and Science, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, School of Environment and Sustainability.

Honorary Doctor of Laws: Frederick Mulder
(Media interview availability upon request)

Frederick Mulder has become an internationally renowned expert in the printmaking of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. A native of Eston, Sask., he earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saskatchewan and began a successful career as an art dealer in England in 1971. Mulder is well known for his charitable work, donating six original Picasso linocuts to the U of S art collection and 23 Picasso ceramics to Saskatoon’s Remai Modern Art Gallery. 



To media who plan to attend convocation:

  • Photographers may take photos from anywhere—except on the stage once the ceremonies begin
  • Reserved space for media is located on the second floor to the left of the stage (all other seats are reserved for the graduating students and their guests)
  • The route graduates use as they proceed to the stage must be kept clear at all times



For more information, contact:

Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan


Kathy Munroe
Communications Officer
Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning
University of Saskatchewan
Office: 306-966-1255 Cell: 306-370-6305

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